New Delhi, Aug. 6: The Durga Shakti Nagpal row today reached the Supreme Court with a PIL seeking a stay on all proceedings against the suspended Uttar Pradesh IAS officer.
The Akhilesh Yadav government’s move to suspend and chargesheet Nagpal, ostensibly for ordering the razing of a mosque wall on encroached government land in Noida, is contrary to court directives that requires states to prevent construction of unauthorised places of worship, the PIL says.
The directives had come in September 2009 and was reaffirmed in February 2010. It said no unauthorised construction shall be carried out or permitted in the name of temples, churches, mosques or gurdwaras on streets, parks and other public places.
In case of existing structures, states were asked to review them on a case-to-case basis and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible.
Manohar Lal Sharma, an advocate who filed the PIL, has argued that Nagpal has been suspended despite the fact she was only following the court’s directives.
“Nagpal’s victimisation is a new low in a long process of the subversion of bureaucracy. The only way that they (bureaucrats) can perform their tasks is if they are protected from the sudden whims and opportunist fancies of politicians,” the petition says and seeks a stay on the proceedings against the 28-year-old officer.
The petition also refers to Nagpal’s crackdown on illegal sand mining on the banks of the Hindon and Yamuna, both near Noida, as sub-divisional magistrate and says this is widely suspected to be the real reason for her suspension.
The state government insists its decision has nothing to do with mining.
Yesterday, the apex environment tribunal banned sand mining from river bids without environment clearances from state and central agencies.
Sharma’s petition also offers details of the action taken in Noida in recent months.